Luedtke Player of the Year Leads Softball All-Conference Honors for UWSP
Sophomore Lauren Luedtke (Lomira, Wis./Lomira) was named the WIAC Position Player of the Year, headlining the list of honors for UW-Stevens Point softball, the league announced on Tuesday (May 7). Luedtke, a repeat all-conference pick, was joined by freshmen Sammy Buerger (Oshkosh, Wis./North) and Maddie Candre (St. Charles, Ill./East), honorable mention selections, on the awards list. Fellow freshman Erin Schmitt (Waupun, Wis./Waupun) was named to the WIAC All-Sportsmanship team.
Luedtke earns the first Player of the Year award for UWSP since 2003 (Jill Van Wychen) and picks up first-team honors after an honorable mention nod last year. Luedtke led the WIAC in hitting both during conference play (.458) and for the entire season (.429). She led the WIAC in hits with 54 on the year and her 35 RBI tied for the league lead. Her seven doubles and 22 hits during league play were tops in conference. She ended the season with an 11-game hitting streak intact, her second hitting streak of the year of 10 or more games.
Buerger lands on the all-conference team in her first year at UWSP. A .358 hitter on the year, she tied for the team lead with two home runs. Buerger led the conference with 12 sacrifice bunts on the season and her 30 runs scored were fourth in the WIAC. She was also in the top-10 in the league with 16 walks (5th), a .438 on-base percentage (7th) and 40 hits (8th). Defensively, she led the conference by cutting down 13 potential base stealers.
Candre also picks up a league honor in her first campaign at UWSP. She led the conference with 34 runs scored on the year and tied for the league lead with 15 doubles. Her 50 hits were third in the league as were her 18 stolen bases, the second-most in single season school history. She hit .388 on the year, fourth-best in the WIAC, and ranked among the top-10 in the league in triples (3, 3rd), total bases (74, 4th), on-base percentage (.437, 8th) and slugging percentage (.574, 9th). Candre had 15 multi-hit games, including four-straight to end the year.
Schmitt played in 23 games in her freshman season with seven starts. She had five hits, including a 2-for-2 outing at Grinnell on March 31. She had a hit, drew a walk at Augustana with her first career RBI and run scored.
The Pointers picked up 17 wins on the season, the most since 2013. Led by Candre's 18 steals, UWSP stole 60 bases on the season, the second-highest single season total in program history.